Letter From Noelene Sanderson about Seismic testing
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As published in the Christchurch Press
February 19, 2015

Responding to Vic Smith's suggestion (Feb.17) that perhaps the whales actually wanted to be stranded as some kind of evolutionary stage in their development,  I would think, rather,  that there could well be a connection between the most recent seismic testing, west of the Marlborough Sounds area, and this latest stranding at Farewell Spit, given the very close proximity of the two.

Even if it weren't connected, it is inarguable that seismic testing is extremely dangerous and damaging to whales and dolphins, carried out by aiming at the sea-floor, with deafening bursts every ten seconds, 24 hours a day, every day for weeks on end.   That these creatures, with their highly sensitive hearing and nervous systems, would be disorientated and put off-course, is entirely to be expected.
Noelene Sanderson

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